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BlackBerry Key2 Launched with its iconic Physical keyboard

BlackBerry Key2 has finally been launched by TCL and brings all the remaining details we didn’t know about the device yet. Details of the Key2 leaked heavily these past couples of weeks and it seems there was some truth about the rumours.

BlackBerry’s iconic physical keyboard is here to stay guys, the Key2 brought on the primitive feature with a small screen as well. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the space key and 6GB/128GB storage variant. Let’s find out more

BlackBerry Key2 Key Specs and Features

・4.5-inch FHD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 1620 pixels
・Android 8.1 Oreo with 6GB RAM
・Octa-core 2.4GHz Snapdragon 660
・64GB/128GB built-in storage, upgradeable up to 256GB
・12MP + 12MP rear camera and 8MP front camera
・3500mAh non-removable Li-ion Battery


The Key2 comes with a plastic back and an aluminium frame. It should give you that BlackBerry feels, just like its extinct Curve and Bold series. The aluminium frame also adds to the beauty of the device, it comes from the 7000 series.

BlackBerry Key2 design

The trending dual rear camera has found its way to the Key series from BlackBerry. It’s situated in a horizontal position at the top left corner with the dual LED flash beside it. It measures 8.5mm in thickness and weighs 168g overall. It’ll be available in Black and Silver colours.


Turning over to the front, the screen is very small with the QWERTY keyboard height increased by 20%. The Capacitive touch 4-row keyboard has a matte finish and brings advanced features like Flick Typing and Speed Key, while the space key doubles as the fingerprint scanner.

BlackBerry Key2

Focusing on the small 4.5-inch FHD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen on top. It boasts of 1080 x 1620 pixels in resolution and 434 pixels per inch density for crystal clear visuals. It stretches up to 55.2% screen-to-body ratio, with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top.


Under the hood, you get a Snapdragon 660 Processor that has a clocking speed of 2.2GHz and manufactured on the 14nm process technology. Handling everything graphics is the Adreno 512 graphics processor.


A bigger 6GB RAM space on the Key2 allows for smooth multitasking of heavy apps. In the storage department, there are two variants, the standard version comes with 128GB and a cheaper variant packs 64GB. Both variants are upgradeable up to 256GB with a memory card. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box as well.


The dual 12MP + 12MP rear shooters boast of f/1.8 and f/2.6 aperture respectively. The first 12MP to the left has 1/2.3″ Sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size and DP PDAF. While the 12MP telephoto has 1.0µm pixel size and PDAF for optical zooming and portrait shots. Features on the camera include phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash, touch focus, face detection, HDR and panorama. Videos of 2160p and 1080p can be shot @30fps. While the 8MP selfie shooter has f/2.0 aperture and 1.12µm pixel size.


The BlackBerry Key2 is powered by a non-removable Li-Ion 3500mAh battery with fast charging technology.


BlackBerry Key2 is available on shopping stores, starting from $649 to $699, that’s about (N230,000 – N250,000).

BlackBerry Key2 Full Specifications

・Announced: June 2018
・Status: Available. June 2018

・Network Technology: GSM / WCDMA / LTE
・3G Support: 850/1700/1900/2100
・4G Support: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700), 32(1500), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
・Number of SIM Card: 1 (Nano)
・Dual SIM Support: No

・Material Type: Aluminum frame
・Dimensions: 151.4 x 71.8 x 8.5 mm
・Colour: Black, Silver
・Weight: 168g

・Screen Type: FHD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
・Size: 4.5-inch
・Resolution: 1080 x 1620 pixels
・Pixel Density: 434ppi
・Screen to Body Ratio: 55.2%

・Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo
・Processor: Octa-core 2.2GHz
・Chipset type: Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660
・Graphics Processing Unit: Adreno 512

・Memory Card slot: Yes, up to 256GB
・Internal storage: 64GB/128GB

・Back Camera: 12MP + 12MP
・Front Camera: 8MP
・Back Flash: Yes, dual-LED
・Front Flash: No

・Wifi Hotspot: Yes
・Bluetooth: Yes
・Fingerprint Sensor: Yes (Front)
・Sensors: accelerometer, proximity, ambient light, compass, gyroscope
・USB: Yes
・GPS: Yes
・3.5mm Audio Jack: Yes

・Capacity: 3500mAh
・Type: Li-Ion
・Standby Time: –
・Talktime: –
・Fast Charging: Yes

Joseph Young
Joseph Young
Joseph Young is a Senior writer at He is a prolific writer who has an eye for everything technology. He is fondly referred to as one of Africa's most sought-after mobile phone reporters.


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